We have gathered 5 Hungarian houses in the USA you can visit to meet fellow Hungarians and keep our country’s rich traditions alive.
According to their website, the organisation’s mission is to hold together the Hungarian diaspora by providing a place where Hungarians and Hungarian-Americans can practise their culture and language as well as experience and maintain their Hungarian identity. The Hungarian House of New York is operated by three non-profit organisations: the American Hungarian Library and Historical Society, the Széchenyi István Society and the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris. They hold around 350 community programs each year, although most of them are online events. They organise Hungarian folk dance days, educational programs for children and their parents and youngsters can even join a Hungarian scout troop.
The aim of the 110-year-old United Magyar House is to strengthen the bond between members of the Hungarian community living in Los Angeles and its neighbourhood. They gather on national holidays to celebrate together; some of these events are even attended by prominent figures from Hungary. They place great emphasis on nurturing traditions and acquainting the new generation with the centuries-old Hungarian customs. In the past, they organised Omega tribute concerts and dinners. The organisation makes sure to keep its members updated about Hungarian services available in the region such as folk dance clubs or Hungarian import shops and delis.
The Hungarian Club was established in Colorado in 1963 with the purpose to strengthen and bring together the local Hungarian community. They organise numerous programs annually and they are one of the most active Hungarian Houses in the USA. Book lovers can get acquainted with masterpieces of Hungarian literature when joining the book club which has been operating since 2005. In the summertime, members can get together during monthly picnics organised by the club.
The American Hungarian Heritage House is dedicated to providing a cultural and intellectual space for people of Hungarian descent who live in Washington and the surroundings. They want to keep the Hungarian values alive, therefore, they commemorate important dates such as the day of the ’56 Hungarian Revolution. Their website has a small blog where visitors can read about historical and gastronomical subjects related to Hungary. The organisation also places importance on research programs. Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, they used to organise dances and poetry nights.
The San Diego-based House of Hungary awaits visitors in the historic Balboa Park who want to learn about Hungarian customs, traditions, history and culture. They organise many cultural activities for their members in order to promote Hungarians’ rich cultural heritage. It is a great place to taste some traditional food as well as they offer local dishes along with pastries and refreshments on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-4. Adults and children can also take free Hungarian language courses. Besides, they hold art workshops and concert video screenings all linked to Hungarian art.